It is well known that New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin does not appreciate when his players lack fundamentals of the game and turn the ball over, so running back Andre Brown was automatically headed for the dog house after putting the ball on the dirt at the beginning of the team’s preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday night.
Coughlin spoke of the fumble following the game and he was clearly unhappy with Brown for turning the ball over — Steelers rookie first-rounder Jarvis Jones recovered the ball.
“It concerns me,” Coughlin said, via ESPN New York. “It concerns Andre, too. I don’t care how much and how long you play the game — there are certain things that have to happen before you run the ball. You have to look the ball in if it is going to be a toss or pitch or pass.
“First, you got to catch the darn thing and cover it up before you can go on to the next objective. I am sure he will learn a lot. To his credit he went right back in and did some good things.”
The good news for Brown is that he did impress his head coach with his blocking in the passing game, so he was able to make up some points.
Overall, the Giants running game was disappointing against the Steelers defense, so Coughlin will be going back to the drawing board and trying to find a way to make sure they come back improved in their next performance.
For Brown, that means he will get a chance of redemption, so he better do his best to hold on to the ball.